With a limited edition timepiece for the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation, Schaffhausen-based manufacturer IWC once again showed its support to children and adolescents who are confronted with the most trying conditions in the course of their everyday lives. For the sixth time, the Swiss watchmaker launched a special edition watch to benefit this foundation.
This year’s Laureus Sport for Good Foundation Watch boasts characteristic Laureus blue color as a symbol of hope for better future.
As the previous models, the case back of the watch is decorated by the engraving that shows the winning design of the international children’s drawing competition that IWC orchestrates in support of the cause. This year, the subject was “Time to inspire” which motivated children and young people worldwide, aged between 4 and 16, to take a part. The winner for 2012 was an illustration by 7-year-old Kumara Wadu Parami Apsara fromSri Lanka. Her picture depicts four young girls happily playing and enjoying themselves without a care in the world. The young girl was born exactly a month before the devastating tsunami.
Compared to the last year’s model – the Vintage Ingenieur Automatic Edition Laureus Sport for Good Foundation which was produced in the limited series of 1,000 pieces, this year’s timepiece with the referent number IW391010 is offered in a bit higher quantity of 2,500 specimens. Considering that fact, we hope that IWC will be able to raise more money for the foundation which supports millions of children and adolescents in need.
Perfect Example of Successful Design and Modern Technology
The Portofino Chronograph Edition Laureus Sport for Good Foundation features a round stainless steel case with the diameter of 42 mm and the thickness of 13.5 mm. The case is shielded by arched edged sapphire glasses with antireflective coatings on both sides and it is constructed to resist water pressure up to 30 meters (100 feet). Its mid-sized case incorporates a thin, yet simple fixed bezel, while on the right side of the case, there is an ample-sized screw-in crown and two chronograph push-buttons. The new watch perfectly combines understated elegance with a distinctive sporting flair.
This exclusive timekeeper features an imperial blue sunburst dial with rhodium-plated Roman numerals and line markers. Two chronograph counters for measuring 12 hours and 30 minutes are situated at six and twelve o’clock positions, while a small seconds counter is located at the nine o’clock position. The day and date apertures are symmetrically positioned on the opposite side of the dial.
The leaf-styled hour and minute hands, as well as a thin second hand match the color of hour markers. Finally, the hour and minute scale perfectly rounds the dial surface. The blue as the color of hope for disadvantaged children has also been chosen for the alligator leather strap.
The Portofino Chronograph Edition Laureus Sport for Good Foundation, just like the well-known Portofino Chronograph Watch, is equipped with the tried and tested Caliber 79320 mechanical movement with full 44 hours of power reserve and an automatic winding with a ballbearing rotor. The self-winding movement is an IWC-modified Valjoux Caliber 7750. A time-proved mechanism is built on 25 jewels and oscillates at the rapid frequency of 28,800 beats per hour.